In a powerful display of unity, approximately 1,000 people gathered in Paris on December 3 to voice their opposition to the government's immigration law. This peaceful protest coincided with the 40th anniversary of the 1983 'march against racism.' Organized by a myriad of collectives including the inter-collective against racism, for the equality of rights and justice, and Uni-es contre l'Immigration Jetable (UCIJ), for a welcoming migration policy, the demonstration was a clarion call for equality, justice, and an end to racism.
The March against the 'Darmanin law'
The procession moved from Montparnasse to Place d'Italie, carrying a banner that read '40 years later, we still march for the equality of rights and justice, against racism and the Darmanin law.' This law, currently under discussion in the National Assembly, is expected to be debated in the chamber from December 11. It has been met with staunch opposition from various quarters, including individuals like deputy Eric Coquerel, who demanded the regularization of undocumented workers and students and their dignified reception in the country.
The Echo of the Historic 1983 March
This protest mirrored the sentiments of the historic 1983 march, which had moved from Marseille to Paris to express the hopes of immigrant children. This march was labeled as 'Marche des Beurs' by French media, a term disapproved by its initiators who emphasized their status as French citizens. The demonstration against the immigration law and racism not only stirred memories of the 1983 event but also served as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for equality and justice.
Equality, Justice, and a Welcoming Migration Policy
As the protesters marched through the streets of Paris, their unified voices echoed the need for a more welcoming migration policy, an end to racism, and the establishment of equal rights and justice. The demonstration served as a testament to the enduring spirit of unity and determination among those advocating for change.